That’s why they should work on Drones. Secure datalinks, VLO shaping, intakes, small turbojet and turbofan engines. There is a lot that can be done with drones that can help domestic industry climb its way up the value added chain.Without knowing the investment I don’t think that can be determined yet. More importantly, a total of 14 active C-130s means that they will have to be pulled from airlift duties to undertake these tasks and makes them an even more HVAA target for Indians.
On the other hand, a pallet onboard with paratroops would mean they can soften their own landing zone without needing CAS assets.
However, considering all the other places investment is lacking along with knowledge base I would never put this high on the priority list unless more C-130s were available.
Pakistanis tend to either look at easy tasks where they lose motivation due to being bored&lazy, or they pick bigger projects beyond their scope(AZM) where the challenge overwhelms them and they give up. It has to be the sweet spot of edge of capability so it’s right near learning skill sets.
Block-III JF is exactly that. Then it’s onto tech that goes into AZM but not AZM.
The JF-17 should use lightweight decoy drones when outnumbered to even the odds. Something like a domestically produced Mald-J equivalent would be great for the PAF. If each four ship formation carried 4 decoys amongst themselves, they could employ more aggressive tactics to lure adversaries into exposing themselves in such a way the JF-17s could achieve tactical advantages, enough for a higher probability kill shot.And what if JF17 is attacked first?
Now it has to shake off the incoming missile with extra mass which would the performance as you can imagine. Your aircraft would be toast.
perhaps a development of these Chinese target drones, especially if the weight can be kept to that of the MALD-J, a JF-17 could carry up to 4 across those twin racks. These drones look to have the potential to be manuerable enough to convincingly simulate a fighter, with the right Engine and AI. It is meant to be sacrificed to protect the manned fighter if necessary